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handed down to iraq's sunni vice president, tariq al-hashimi, as fears there rise of spreading sectarian violence. >> brown: special correspondent john tulenko reports on a community college program that has turned wine into jobs in washington state. >> i wanted to teach them how to make good wine. we got the medals. wow, we did it. it's happening. >> woodruff: making a tough call in the heat of a pennant race. we'll talk about why the washington nationals have benched ace pitcher stephen strasburg. >> brown: and lessons in tv reporting, as therapy for kids with asperger's syndrome. >> my favorite part about action 7 is getting to do what all the others get to do and lettingur . >> brown: that's all ahead on tonight's newshour. major funding for the pbs newshour has been provided by: soon computing intelligence in unexpected places will change our lives in truly profound ways. technology can provide customized experiences, tailored to individual consumer preferences. igniting a world of possibilities from the inside out, sponsoring tomorrow starts today. >> bnsf railway. and with the ong
for president bashar al-assad to step down. meanwhile, "the new york times" cited reports that iraq is again allowing iran to use its air space to fly weapons to the syrian regime. the iraqis had shut down the air corridor earlier this year, under u.s. pressure. a former police chief who touched off a major scandal in china has been charged with defection, taking bribes and abusing his power. state media announced the charges against wang lijun today. in february, wang briefly took refuge at a u.s. consulate after being demoted as police chief in a city in southwestern china. that led to the ouster of bo xilai-- his former boss-- as communist party leader there. bo is still under investigation. last month, bo's wife gu kailai was given a suspended death sentence for the murder of a british businessman. in afghanistan, the military announced today it has arrested or expelled hundreds of soldiers, as part of an effort to stop so-called insider attacks on foreign troops. the attacks come as the u.s. tries to continue its plan to transition out of afghanistan. margaret warner has the story. >> w
'm joined by john nagl, a retired army lieutenant colonel, and veteran of both iraq wars. he's commanded u.s. trainers of both iraqi and afghan forces. and vali nasr, dean of the school of advanced international studies at johns hopkins university. he served in the obama administration's state department focusing on afghanistan and pakistan. gentlemen, thank you both for being with us. vali nasr, let me start with you. general dempsey, we heard him say this is a very serious threat to the war effort. we know that secretary panetta, in addition to what we just heard him say, also called this the last gasp of a dying insurgency. who is right? >> well, the taliban have been under pressure for some time, but they are proving to be very entrepreneurial and effective in carrying out new ways of attack. they're trying to send a message to the afghan people that they still have fight in them, that they have momentum on their side. i think the fact that these attacks continue and we see more and more americans and foreign troops die and there is audacious attacks on bases, the result does worry the
-out from iraq. >> we're winding down a decade of war, and we've restored american leadership. today, every american can be proud that the u.s. is safer, is stronger and more respected in world. >> brown: the president will make his own trip to the gulf on monday to survey the hurricane damage and clean-up. on tuesday, he and his party have a chance to make their case to the country at their convention in charlotte, north carolina. >> woodruff: still to come on the newshour: rescue and recovery after the storm; the end to torture investigations; the democrats' economic agenda; undecided voters on romney's address; plus, shields and brooks. but first, the other news of the day. here's kwame holman. >> holman: the chairman of the federal reserve said again today the economic recovery still is "far from satisfactory". but ben bernanke stopped short of announcing new stimulus action as he addressed an annual fed conference in jackson hole, wyoming. he did repeat the central bank "should not rule out" such moves, if that's what it takes to bring down unemployment. wall street blew hot and cold o
that followed 9/11 are receding. >> today the war in iraq is over. in afghanistan, we're training afghan security forces and forging a partnership with the afghan people. by the end of 2014, the longest war in our history, will be over. >> ifill: republican mitt romney addressed the national guard association's annual convention in reno, nevada. >> with less than two to go before election day, i would normally speak to a gathering like this about the differences between my and my opponent's plans for military and for our national security. there is a time and place for that. but this day is not that. it is instead a day to express gratitude for the men and women who fought and who are still fighting to protect us and our country. >> ifill: in kabul today, u.s. and other troops observed the day with ceremonies. and the leader of al qaeda was heard from as well. he issued a web video confirming that the group's second in command was killed last june in a u.s. drone attack. we have more about the 9/11 remembrances including all of the pentagon ceremony online. >> brown: later in the program
their first vote, face a different set of issues from the iraq war that loomed large last time. >> some of the issues that weren't as prominent are now coming into light for education and health care. those weren't an issue during the campaign in 2008 so much as the war in iraq was, etc. but for us, you know, we're focused on college, focused on health care, focused on equality and i think those are things that are having more focus. >> reporter: as the city's convention seventh celebration, carolina fest, there were signs democrats can still count on carrying young voters. >> reporter: the reaction from the r.n.c. and the republican picks, the v.p. pick has angered a lot of people. i think their platform is very extreme. i go to university of tennessee chat no goo ga and in two days we registered almost 200 students. most of them seem like democratic prospects. >> suarez: but will they vote? >> i think a lot of my peers aren't voting. i think most of them don't care yet or feel like they'll make a difference even if they do vote. >> suarez: she says students will see a big difference u
them away from the u.s. embassy. protests were largely peaceful in indonesia, egypt, iraq, bangladesh, and sri lanka, but no less anti-american with crowds burning flags and effigies of president obama. in washington, u.s. officials kept a close eye on events, as secretary of state hillary clinton met with the pakistani foreign minister. >> i want to thank the government of pakistan for their efforts to protect our embassy in islamabad, and consulates in lahore, peshawar and karachi. and i want to be clear, as i have said on numerous occasions- - the violence we've seen cannot be tolerated. of course, there is provocation, and we have certainly made clear that we do not in any way support provocation. >> brown: that provocation took the form of an online trailer for a film made by a california man mocking the prophet mohammed. new fuel was added this week when a french satirical magazine published crude cartoons of mohammed. hoping to ease the tensions, the u.s. embassy in islamabad began airing an ad on pakistani television yesterday with clips of secretary clinton and president obam
to read off the promises he kept. ended the war in iraq, the war in afghanistan, healthcare reform. >> the war in afghanistan is not -- >> depends on the eyes of the beholder. democrats in that hall and democrats for the most part are very happy with a lot of the things this president has done, and they have some understanding of what he's up against, and i think he has some understanding of what he's up against also, which he didn't have when he first got into office. if he gets reelected, he's learned a lot about how to be a president, and i think he's learned how to exercise power. i think we will see a very different barack obama the second four years than we did in the first. >> so this audience grew even more to like him, and it was pretty uniform, was it not? >> well, yes. i mean, they liked him to begin with, and his wife -- >> how do you know they liked him to begin with? >> because the poll shows democrats like their president, a lot of people in general. >> a lot of democrats are disappointed in him the way that a lot of republicans are disappointed in the republican le
a family where my father has spent the-- my entire adult life in either iraq or afghanistan. and so that was something that i look back and i remember four years ago what i was thinking about that issue. >> it wasn't really what i was looking for. there was a lot of-- a lot of promises, specifically with student loans, education in general, energy production, all sorts of things. he said, "we're going to do this." but then he doesn't say how. >> warner: how did the rest of you feel about-- were you looking for something that wasn't there? >> he did is not address the issue of trying to get consensus within the house. i mean, whatever he wants to put forward, he has to make it happen. we're going to be faced with this divided house, what has been happening over the last few years. >> he criticized the republicans proposal to voucherrize med character as he called it. i felt like he need an idea on medicare. he need an idea on reducing our debt. and i didn't hear it. >> when obama was campaigning, he said to catholics, to everybody, but to catholics, i will protect your conscience. th
them. and in iraq, hundreds of shiites took to the streets of sadr city in baghdad, where a cleric insisted on action. >> ( translated ): we demand the iraqi government close the american embassy. and the american government should present an apology to all parts of the islamic world, without exception. >> woodruff: there were also protests in iran, and in peshawar, pakistan, near the afghan border, where there's a u.s. consulate. clashes continued outside the u.s. embassy in cairo, as well. reports from the scene said the street skirmishing was now largely about long-standing tensions with the police and less about religious motivations. egypt's president, mohammed morsi, was in brussels today, where he denounced wednesday's violence for the first time. his previous failure to do so had caused concern in washington. and president obama had a pointed answer on egypt in an interview last night with spanish-language telemundo. >> i don't think that we'd consider them an ally, but we don't consider them an enemy. they are a new government that's trying to find its way. they were democ
that he promised in 2008 that we will talk about here. the end of the war in iraq. he broke the back of al qaeda. we're drawing down our troops in afghan stafn. let's not forget that he killed bin laden. those are real promises in 2008. another promise in 200 is how we were going to strengthen the middle class. because the middle class suffered from this recession but they've been suffering for a long time. decades of policies that left them behind. that's the one thing that has been driving the president over the course of the last four years. you know, that's why we passed the ledbetter act so that women could be equal bread winners for their middle class families across the country. that's why we passedded health care reform to make sure that people's economic security didn't depend on their health security. we are going to be running on our ideas. we're going to be running on our path forward. we're very much looking forward to thursday night. >> woodruff: when one of your main democratic services asked is the country better off today than it was four years ago he said no. was he off m
. obviously he's got the uwe united states out of iraq. the united states after going up has now come down to some extent in afghanistan. the middle east, even though it's turbulent, is more open than it was. so i think the president in general can point to some areas where he moved forward and some areas obviously his critics will say where he movedded back. all in all it's a defense i believe and defendable record. >> ifill: i want to walk through some of that piece by piece. referencing the president's speech today, he turned over a big chunk of it to talking about the difference between railing against or speaking out against violence... violent extremism versus protecting free speech. why was so much devoted to that topic? >> gwen, i thought it was an interesting speech. very reflective speech. i think probably designd by the president and his advisors to try to heal some of the wounds that have been so apparent between the muslim world and the united states over these last two weeks, these very tragic weeks. i thought it was interesting the way he framed the issue. he clearly disasso
for the assad regime. and kurdish rebels in southern turkey, along the syrian and iraq borders, are staging new attacks in their long-running bid for self-rule. the turkish military has struck back, and the death toll is rising. for more on all this, i spoke with turkish foreign minister ahmet davutoglu in new york yesterday. foreign minister davutoglu thank you for having us. we're sitting here at the united nations while turkey continues to be swamped by the blowback from syria. how frustrated is turkey right now with the united nations? >> we are quite frustrated for several reasons. one is from a humanitarian perspective. now we have around 90,000 refugees in our camps and around 40,000 refugees in several cities. it's a humanitarian tragedy. in fact, it is a test for the u.n. now and it is a test for all the international community and until now it's a huge failure that u.n. specialty consulate p-5 didn't agree on any resolution regarding to the syrian crisis. forget the political aspect, even on humanitarian ground that's quite a frustration for turkey and other neighboring countries who
fighting the city has seen in two months. in iraq, some 80 inmates, including al qaeda militants, escaped from a prison. the jailbreak happened overnight in tikrit after several convicts seized weapons from a prison storeroom. they clashed with security guards for hours before overpowering them and breaking free. a dozen people were killed, including ten guards. iraqi officials said 36 of the inmates were later recaptured. police in minneapolis said the gunman in an office shooting yesterday had been fired hours before he killed four people and then himself. another of the shooting victims died in the hospital today. last evening, dozens of police and swat team officials swarmed a minneapolis neighborhood after a man opened fire at a sign- making business. the company's owner and a ups driver were among those killed. three other people were injured in the shootings. the u.s. postal service will miss its next payment to the treasury, due on sunday. the $5.6 billion will be its second default in as many months. postmaster general patrick donahoe said he has already slashed as much as he can
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